History YMMV / TheHurtLocker

19th May '16 11:47:34 AM SpectralTime
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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.
* TheWoobie - Eldridge.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, praise and strong word-of-mouth, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's its modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Director, and Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.
* TheWoobie - TheWoobie: Eldridge.
19th May '16 11:36:19 AM Larkmarn
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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/{{Watchmen}} actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a better love story]].
* ActorAllusion: More of a director allusion, but explains both the rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The director previously directed PointBreak1991, a film full of rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The difference being that the 90s were full of similar movies about stoic cops in wacky situations while TheHurtLocker has garnered a reputation for realism.
* CriticalResearchFailure[=/=]IdiotPlot: The first scene. Let us count the ways: All bomb squads carry a communications jammer that prevents precisely the kind of situation (a bad guy setting off a bomb with a cellphone) in the first scene from happening. Eldridge also seemingly defies Sanborn's order to kill the Iraqi with the phone, which he faces no consequences over. Finally, rather than having to place the explosives on the bomb by hand, Thomson could have just repaired the buggy with the tools he had.
** The movie is supposedly set in Baghdad, 2004;
*** The Army wears the ACU (Army Combat Uniform) camouflage pattern, not adopted until 2005. They should have been wearing the DCU (Desert Combat Uniform) camouflage pattern.
*** In one scene, they play an Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 did not come out until 2005. The game they are playing, ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', was not released until 2006.
*** James uses a Beretta 92F pistol to threaten the taxi driver. The 92F had at this point been replaced in service by the 92FS.
*** Multiple soldiers are using the older PASGT personal armor. Whilst the PASGT was still in use, it was mainly utilized as a last resort when other armors were lost or broken, and saw most of its Iraq use as makeshift up-armor for vehicles. Newer units, like the soldiers depicted, would be wearing the Interceptor body armor that replaced it.
*** YouTube is mentioned at one point. As old as this will make some of us feel, YouTube was only created in 2005, and didn't see popular use until 2006.
*** Three Music/{{Ministry}} songs are played in the movie, from the album "Rio Grande Blood". This album came out in 2006.
*** Deltoid protectors, not introduced until 2008, are worn by some soldiers.



* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor. Whether films that competed with it that year for said Oscars like {{Film/Avatar}}, {{Film/Watchmen}}, and IngloriousBasterds will have their own historical vindication is a matter of viewer perception.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor. Whether films that competed with it that year for said Oscars like {{Film/Avatar}}, {{Film/Watchmen}}, and IngloriousBasterds will have their own historical vindication is a matter of viewer perception.
7th May '16 3:24:13 PM TheJrade1
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* ActorAllusion: More of a director allusion, but explains both the rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The director previously directed PointBreak1991, a film full of rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The difference being that the 90s were full of similar movies about stoic cops in wacky situations while HurtLocker has garnered a reputation for realism.

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* ActorAllusion: More of a director allusion, but explains both the rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The director previously directed PointBreak1991, a film full of rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The difference being that the 90s were full of similar movies about stoic cops in wacky situations while HurtLocker TheHurtLocker has garnered a reputation for realism.
7th May '16 3:23:51 PM TheJrade1
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* ActorAllusion: More of a director allusion, but explains both the rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The director previously directed PointBreak1991, a film full of rampant inaccuracies as well as ridiculously overblown characters. The difference being that the 90s were full of similar movies about stoic cops in wacky situations while HurtLocker has garnered a reputation for realism.
7th May '16 3:06:25 PM TheJrade1
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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor. Whether films that competed with it that year for said Oscars like ''Film/Avatar'', ''Film/Watchmen'', and IngloriousBasterds will have their own historical vindication is a matter of viewer perception.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to extensive critical praise, the film became a moderate success on DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, winning Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor. Whether films that competed with it that year for said Oscars like ''Film/Avatar'', ''Film/Watchmen'', {{Film/Avatar}}, {{Film/Watchmen}}, and IngloriousBasterds will have their own historical vindication is a matter of viewer perception.
7th May '16 3:05:08 PM TheJrade1
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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 million in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to positive word of mouth, the film became a hit on DVD. And it won some Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Summit only went to 500 theaters at it widest and the film grossed just $17 $49 million worldwide in theaters (due to the studio having higher hopes for eventual flops such as ''Bandslam'' and ''Sorority Row''). However due to positive word of mouth, extensive critical praise, the film became a hit moderate success on DVD. And it DVD, making back it's modest $15 million budget twice over. It won some several of the most prestigious Oscars as well, including winning 3 of the main awards, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay, along with a nomination for Best Actor.Actor. Whether films that competed with it that year for said Oscars like ''Film/Avatar'', ''Film/Watchmen'', and IngloriousBasterds will have their own historical vindication is a matter of viewer perception.
7th May '16 2:52:37 PM TheJrade1
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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/StarTrek actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a better love story]].

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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/StarTrek [[Film/{{Watchmen}} actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a better love story]].
7th May '16 2:51:45 PM TheJrade1
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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/''Watchmen'' actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Film/''Twilight'' a better love story]].

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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/''Watchmen'' [[Film/StarTrek actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Film/''Twilight'' [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a better love story]].
7th May '16 2:47:23 PM TheJrade1
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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Avatar actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Film/Twilight a better love story]].

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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Avatar [[Film/''Watchmen'' actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Film/Twilight [[Film/''Twilight'' a better love story]].
7th May '16 2:45:45 PM TheJrade1
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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/Avatar actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Literature/Twilight a better love story]].

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** As a counterpoint, many critics point out that this is a frankly bad movie, and won it's awards based on the fact that it is a radically anti-military hatefest directed by a woman, exactly the kind of movie Hollywood heaps praise on while most viewers are less sanguine about. Which is of course exactly what was borne out in practice: tons of awards and critical fawning, while people watched movies that were [[Film/Avatar [[Avatar actually good]], [[Film/IngloriousBasterds more true to history]], or [[Literature/Twilight [[Film/Twilight a better love story]].
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